Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Here's a sketch of Karston on the left and how it looks like as the finished product. In the conceptual stage we simply called him Sammy (because he's a salamander. Cute.) but we wanted a better name so I suggested a contest over at their Facebook page asking the public to create his name. I'd say it worked out really well!
Monday, August 19, 2013
I'm also two months shy of six years since I started performing as Doc Ed. In that time my wife and I have written several show for the Edwards Aquifer Authority's favorite aquifer explorer. By the time September rolls around we'll have written our fourth show for them which will feature Karston the Texas Blind Salamander.
In those six years I've learned quite a bit about educational styled entertainment. But the most valuable thing I discovered is that the skills I've developed as a clown over the last twenty four years, work quite well in the world of educational entertainment, specifically as Doc Ed. I use a variety of physical comedy bits at times, magic, puppetry and verbal humor to make an educational experience enjoyable and perhaps if they have fun watching me inject a little silliness into science education, they might be more inclined to want to learn more about that subject long after I've gone. That's the ultimate goal. And laughter, of course.